Workshops/Retreats

Workshops/Retreats

Expand your horizons…

Explore ways to deepen your yoga practice, improve your health, or challenge your mind!  Join us for a workshop or yoga retreat to deeply nourish your whole self. Each year we offer specialized workshops on yoga for back care and yoga for scoliosis, as well as ones exploring the chakras and other modalities for healing. Return here often to find events that intrigue you to expand your understanding of yourself and yoga.

Restorative Yoga ClassesIMG_2808webwp
Immerse yourself in deep rest to heal and nourish, to dream, and refresh yourself on all levels. Yoga poses are held for varying lengths of time, supported by a collection of bolsters, blankets, blocks, and other yoga props.

Restorative Yoga
Every other Sunday  5-6:30pm  $20
September 10 – with Sarah Metz
September 24 – with Carla McAdams

 

Healing Yoga for the Low Back, an 8 week serieslow back pain
taught by Margy Smariga, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist 
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm, September 27 – November 29 (no class November 8 or November 22)
Cost $160

Does chronic low back pain have you down?  Researchers are finding that a yoga class designed specifically for back pain can be as safe and effective as physical therapy in easing pain. Join us for a special 8-week therapeutic series to help you reduce low back pain, improve your posture, increase strength and flexibility, and learn ways to minimize discomfort and stress.

Never before offered in Maryland, this class series is based on the protocol used in an NIH-funded study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrating the effectiveness of yoga in relieving chronic low back pain.  These fun and informative classes—including lecture, discussion, experiential exploration, and a therapeutic yoga practice—will empower you to take charge of your own healing! All levels are welcome.*

*Note: This class is not recommended for those in acute pain or those who have had recent back surgery.

Margy - yoga therapistMargy Smariga, MA, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist
Margy is a graduate of Bagheera Yoga/PruYoga’s 200-hour teacher training, the American Viniyoga Institute’s (AVI’s) 500-hour teacher training, and AVI’s 500-hour yoga therapist training. She currently serves on the faculty of AVI’s yoga therapist training program. Margy’s primary teacher, nationally known yoga therapist Gary Kraftsow, developed the protocol used in an NIH-funded study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine demonstrating the effectiveness of yoga in relieving chronic low back pain.

 

baby's hand wpChildbirth Education Classes 
taught by Bergen Howlett of Two Rivers Childbirth
Sundays, October 8 – November 5, 3-5:30pm   $275/couple

This simple and comprehensive class gives families a solid understanding of the process of birth, communication and decision-making tools, the impacts of body balance and posture on birth, physical and emotional labor coping techniques, and resources for navigating the life change that is welcoming a new baby. Whether you plan to welcome your baby at the hospital, birth center or in your own home, this class is for you. Topics include:

  • ENVISIONING YOUR BIRTH — Defining and preparing for YOUR ideal birth experience
  • EFFECTIVE COMMUNICATION — The tools to effectively express YOUR birth plan
  • BIRTH PREPARATION — 5 ways to encourage YOUR best birth experience
  • BIRTH PROCESS — The process of physiological birth and what to expect at YOUR birth
  • COPING RESOURCES — Comfort and labor coping techniques for YOU and your partner
  • UNDERSTANDING OPTIONS — Your guide to navigating YOUR choices in modern childbirth with facts, not fear
  • BEYOND BIRTH — Equipping you with skills to best care for YOUR new baby and family

This series also includes our new 5th class with focuses on movement for pregnancy, labor and beyond, postpartum planning and Babywearing 101. All resources, including the Your Birth Experience Parent Guide are included.

Bergen Howlett wpTwo Rivers Childbirth is owned by friends and partners Bergen Howlett and Julie Miller. Together we serve the families of Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland with birth and postpartum doula care, placenta encapsulation, childbirth education, mother blessing celebrations. Working in a partnership means that not only do our clients enjoy the talents, experience and attention of two doulas, it means that we always have each other for support so we can care for YOU at our very best. Perpetual students, we continuously hone our skills by reading current pregnancy, birth and parenting literature and attending workshops and trainings.

 

Enhance your Health & WealthFeng Shui wp
using 5 Principles from the Ancient Art of Feng Shui

with Penelope Melas-Lee
October 14, 2017 1-3pm, $30

Join us to learn how to minimize clutter, choose the right colors, correctly place furniture, provide good lighting, and use plants in your environment. Making these simple changes can enhance your health! These 5 changes stem from the ancient art called Feng Shui, a practice that studies energy and how it flows in your living or work environment. In this workshop, we will also talk about positive aspects of Feng Shui that can enhance your quality of life. Using Feng Shui can result in good health, better relationships, prosperity, and, most importantly, happiness.

Penelope Melas-Lee wpPenelope Melas-Lee is a Feng Shui practitioner and interior decorator who enjoys creating beautiful, productive, and healing environments. She specializes in creating harmonious and nourishing spaces. She mixes colors, styles and sources to create a unique home that reflects each client’s personality and aspirations. Her favorite projects involve clients who are stuck and having a hard time moving forward. She loves partnering with them and inviting them to create, grow, and clear their spaces. Penelope has extensive studies in Acupuncture, Eastern healing modalities and Interior design. Her study of Feng Shui led her to study homes and how they affect health. Penelope lives in Frederick with her husband, Greg, and their 2 children.

 

Essential Oils for Women’s Healthoil bottles
with Kimberly Jackson
Sunday, October 22  1-2:30pm  Free!

Join us while we discuss the best essential oils for women’s health. We will cover essential oil recipes for hormone balance, thyroid support, healthy hair, nails and skin and so much more. First time attendees will receive an essential oil blend customized for their specific health concern.

Kim Jackson pixKimberly Jackson is a wife, mother of two, and young breast cancer survivor. Following her breast cancer diagnosis, she began her search for a healthier lifestyle which led her to become a Wellness Advocate for doTERRA. She works as a doTERRA Wellness Advocate and is knowledgeable and passionate about using essential oils daily for optimal health and wellness. She enjoys educating others on natural effective solutions to promote a healthy lifestyle.